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Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 03-03-2015

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Catch up with my latest WIP’s including patchwork, knitting and crochet! x x

Sublime Natural Aran Sweater – #tryittuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 27-01-2015

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Tuesday is here again, which can only mean one thing it’s time for #tryittuesday! Trying on this week we have Jayne, Colette and Stacey. I can always rely on the lovely shop ladies to be ready at any moment for a quick trying on session. For today’s garment I went to our rails of sample garments and went with the first garment that caught my eye. This gorgeous sweater was hanging on the rail just crying out to be tried on. I was instantly drawn in by the teal shade, a simple shaped sweater with a decorative cable around the boat neck. I imagine the Sublime Natural Aran would be a real treat to knit. The stitch definition is so uniform and it feels divine.

Jayne was happy to shed a couple of layers for a photo in the soft Sublime sweater.

sublime natural aran sweater

Up next we have Colette.

Sublime Natural Aran sweater

Stacey tried the sweater on with a black long sleev top, this helps to show off the pretty cable neck line.

Sublime Natural Aran sweater

The pattern can be found in Sublime book 682. This sample garment is a size 34″ and can be knitted up with 8 balls of Sublime Natural Aran yarn. You can currently save a further 15% off all Sublime yarns and books until midnight on Friday 30th January.

A mixed bag of knitting and crochet 2

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 05-01-2015

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Happy New Year everyone! This post has been brewing for a while now. Part one was posted all the way back in 2014 (December) and since then more projects have popped up to be added. In fact this blog post will probably feature even more customer projects than the first!  I can’t wait to share even more customer projects in 2015. Start as you mean to go on and choose January as the month to clear out your clutter and finish off any works in progress. Who knows by February you will have that many FO (Finished Object) photos to share it will take one mega blog post to share them all. Take a look at what everyone has been up to below. Where patterns and yarn are available links are including. Some patterns are from deep down in the dark depths of people’s stash, so I apologise now if you are unable to locate them.

First up is Joan wearing her beautiful coral coloured cardigan knitted in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran. Joan knitted the cardigan from a pattern in a magazine (more info to follow).


Sue sent in a photo of herself wearing her latest sweater. This is Sirdar pattern 9672 and is knitted in Sirdar Big Bamboo.

sirdar big bamboo 9672

I spotted Judy crocheting the finest most delicate piece of crochet. Once this piece is complete it will be a beautiful tablecloth.



Amanda was half way through crocheting Christmas ornaments. These little angels were ready just in time. The pattern was featured in an issue of Let’s Get Crafting magazine.

christmas crochet angel


There are two ladies called Joan in our knit and natter group. This Joan who has been crocheting a scarf for her grand-daughter is a different Joan to the one at the beginning of the blog post. Phew, that was a lot to get out in one go! Anyway, here is the start of Joan’s scarf in Rico Creative Melange Glitz Chunky.

crochet rico creative melange glitz

Jacky has crocheted a gigantic blanket in various aran yarns. A similar design can be found in Granny Squares by Search Press book.


Kay brought in a jacket she had just finished knitting in Rowan Original Denim. The jacket pattern is from Denim The Next Generation book and is called Pembroke jacket. So much cabling and detail in this incredible work of art.


There was some weight in this jacket. It took approximately 35 balls to knit! After Kay had finished knitting the garment she washed it in the machine to soften and shrink the denim yarn.


Alison who attends yarn in the barn brought in this pretty green top knitted in Rowan Panama. The pattern is from Simple Shapes Panama book.


And finally another HUGE blanket knitted in Hayfield Bonus Aran. The pattern is a combination of an old book Sandra had in her stash and some tweaking here and there.


Sandra added the aran sweater to one of the squares, putting her own stamp on the design.


All of the different cables and textures look really effective knitted in the one solid colour.sandra_bonus_aran_blanket4

Here is the book Sandra found the pattern in. It also looks fabulous in cream. There are so many possibilities with a square block pattern like this.




A mixed bag of knitting and crochet

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 17-12-2014

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I am not sure where to begin with this blog post. We have so many fantastic projects knitted and crocheted by our lovely customers it may be difficult to fit them all onto one post. Seeing all of the creative ways you choose to use your yarn is always inspiring. It isn’t sat on the shelf for too long before it is transformed into something so beautiful.

Without further ado here are a selection (more to follow) of the latest projects to show off from our Black Sheep Wools customers.


Angela brought in two cardigans, she has knitted one for her son and one for grandson. The pattern for the men’s cardigan is from Sublime book 655, knitted in the now discontinued yarn Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed. Angela has made matching Christmas cardigans before, you may remember her amazing interpretation of the Arthur Christmas sweater in cardigan form two years ago. She used a basic cardigan pattern and added her design having sketched it out on graph paper.


The children’s version is knitted in SMC Extra Soft Merino, following Sirdar pattern 1275.


There are reindeer on the reverse too.


Carole, who regularly attends our knit and natter group is crocheting a shawl in Louisa Harding Amitola. The pattern is a free download, available from Ravelry – scalloped triangle shawl. The colour changes within the ball fit perfectly into the stitch change, creating a stripe effect. The shade used is 117 – wishes.


Brenda has knitted a dress in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply. Take a look at the lace detail in the skirt, so beautiful. If you do like the look of this pattern then there is good news, the pattern (Vali) is available as a free download from the Rowan website.


Onto a crocheted character made by Jo. She has crochted the rabbit from a pattern in a crochet magazine, using up oddments of yarn.


Ann popped in with her latest project. She has knitted the sweater in Sirdar Click Dk yarn, following King Cole pattern 3107. An easy to wear winter sweater with the detailed combination of cable and lace detail.


Joan and Carole from our knit and natter group have been crocheting a gift for Jacky’s grand-daughter, an Olaf (from Frozen) hat. They found the pattern on Hopeful Honey‘s blog. For the main part, Peter Pan Moondust Dk has been used.